MLM 007 Learning Environments Course Description This course explores early childhood organizational plans, procedures, physical

facilities and surveys appropriate materials and equipment. Emphasis is placed on the process of designing appropriate learning environments for young children. Course Goal: To help students recognize appropriate ECE environments that promote active hands-on learning, respect children as individuals, and allow for the development of the whole child. Student Learning Outcomes/Objectives This class is listed by the University as an early childhood education course and will enable students: 1. To clarify developmentally appropriate principles and practices of early childhood education. 2. To identify behavioral characteristics of young children to meet individual, developmental and diversity needs 3. To equip and supply an early childhood classroom 4. To plan and organize a child centered environment 5. To build communication skills with parents and paraprofessionals

The learner will be an active and engaged participant in discussion forums by analyzing, constructing/creating, and evaluating information presented within the textbook, external readings/resources, student research, and class activities. The learner will demonstrate an understanding of the methods used in education by creating a DAP Book, highlighting the technology employed, and the appropriateness and effectiveness in the study of early childhood education. The learner will also demonstrate understanding of the course materials through objective examinations.

Course Requirements 1. Complete the Midterm Exam and Final Exam. Exam will consist of multiple choice, true/false and/or short answer questions. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the topics presented. (100 points each) 2. Attendance and participation in class discussions. (100 points)

3. Domain Project (5): 20 point each – (100 points). The purpose of the domain project is for students to select children’s literature that teaches developmental domain concepts. For this assignment students will develop concept activities to support each of the following areas: physical/motor, cognitive, aesthetic, affective and social domains appropriate for use in early childhood settings. Course Objective/Learning Outcome #4 & # 5: The learner will plan and organize a child-centered environment and build communication skills with parents and paraprofessionals. 4. Learning environment/classroom design project. (100 points) Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes # 3-6: The learner will equip and supply an early childhood classroom, plan and organize a child centered environment, build communication skills with parents and paraprofessionals and associate ECE TExES competencies with course content. Grading All assignments must be in the drop box on eCollege by Friday night at 11:59 PM. I will be grading each weekend. Any assignments not in the drop box on time will have points deducted for being late. Your final grade will be determined by the number of points you earn for the semester. A B C D Fail Technology Requirements This course is web-enhanced through eCollege. All students must have access to email and adequately functioning computer equipment. To use the university’s online resources, students need a computer and an Internet service provider (ISP). Students also need an Internet browser, an email account, and a word processing program. Microsoft Word works well. Please save all documents as .doc or .docx. A working familiarity with hardware and software is advantageous before entering the program. The following information has been provided to assist you in preparing to use technology successfully in this course.      Internet access/connection-high speed recommended (not dial up) Word Processor (MS Word) Hardware: Both Macintosh and Windows systems are acceptable. Students do not need to purchase a new system to begin online learning at the university. Windows 98/NT/2000/ME/XP Pentium (2 GHz or greater) 128 megabytes (MB) random access memory (RAM) 2 GB or greater hard drive Macintosh OS 9.1 to OS X; G3, G4, or higher 450-500 points 400-449 points 350-399 points 300-349 points 348 points or less

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Email: Access to a reliable email service through an established Internet service provider (ISP) is critical to the online learning experience. All communication from the instructor for this course will be through the students TAMU-C email account. Web Browser: Internet Explorer (version 7.0 or greater) is required. These browsers are available for free in the download areas at www.microsoft.com. Adobe Acrobat Reader: Available at www.adobe.com, this free program (Adobe Reader 8) allows you to view and print many forms and some full-text documents from online library databases. Adobe Flash Player 9.0Available at www.adobe.com. This allows you to view any content delivered in Flash. Video Players/Plugins: It is available for free download

Communication and Support The most effective way of reaching me during the week is through email. I will check the email address listed on this syllabus daily. I will do my best to respond to you in a timely manner, within 24-48 hours. Please feel free in the event of an emergency to call me on my cell phone which is listed on this syllabus. Course and University Procedures Citizenship: All Students enrolled at the University shall follow the tenets of common decency and acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment. (See Student’s Guide Handbook, Policies and Procedures, Conduct). Late Work: Late work is not accepted. You will have plenty of notification and time to complete course assignments. If you know you are going to be out of town and unable to access a computer, plan ahead. See course semester outline at the bottom of this syllabus. Plagiarism: Plagiarism will result in a grade of F for the assignment and possibly the course. Further infractions could result in dismissal from the teacher education program. Plagiarism consists of copying directly from a source without properly citing the source. It is also using someone else’s work and claiming it as your own. Please cite your references in APA format. Attendance: Attendance at all class meetings is required and is essential to your success in this course. It is a requirement of this class to sign your name tent upon arrival to document your participation each class meeting. For each absence a written letter is required to be placed in your file. No excuses will be given without written documentation. If you miss three or more classes you may be asked to drop the course. All absences will result in points taken off your professionalism grade. Participants are expected to be on time and stay for the entire time. If you choose to be late or leave early points will be deducted

from your professionalism grade. If you miss class it is your responsibility to find someone who can give you notes for the previous class meeting. I will not bring additional copies of handouts to class. Select a buddy who will be willing to collect any material and take notes for you when you are out. Written Assignments: All assignments must be typed, double space, in legible (preferably times roman) 12 pt font. College level writing is expected. If you feel insecure about your writing abilities you may want to seek assistance from the writing lab in the department of literature and languages. They will not assist with spelling. Please make sure someone proofs your paper. Excessive grammar, spelling and vocabulary errors will result in a lower grade. You should demonstrate mastery of organizing, structure and editing.

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